Geography and the Human Spirit

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What does it mean to dwell? Every civilization has a story to tell, according to Anne Buttimer, and exploring those stories brings fresh light to modern ideas about the relationship between humanity and its environment. In Geography and the Human Spirit, Buttimer ranges widely from Plato to Barry Lopez, from the Upanishads to Goethe, taking an interdisciplinary look at the ways in which human beings have turned to natural science, theology, and myth to form visions of the earth ...

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Overview

What does it mean to dwell? Every civilization has a story to tell, according to Anne Buttimer, and exploring those stories brings fresh light to modern ideas about the relationship between humanity and its environment. In Geography and the Human Spirit, Buttimer ranges widely from Plato to Barry Lopez, from the Upanishads to Goethe, taking an interdisciplinary look at the ways in which human beings have turned to natural science, theology, and myth to form visions of the earth as a human habitat.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Landscape Journal

Geography and the Human Spirit is a pilgrimage into the workings of one of geography's most conceptual and yet focused thinkers.

Geographical Journal
Not only represents a comprehensive survey of the history of Western humanism, but also offers a series of important challenges for all geographers to consider.

— Tim Unwin

Professional Geographer

A vitally creative and imaginative effort to parse meanings associated with geography and the human spirit.

Ecumene
This book will be widely recognized as a landmark in geographical scholarship.

— David M. Smith

Geographical Journal - Tim Unwin

Not only represents a comprehensive survey of the history of Western humanism, but also offers a series of important challenges for all geographers to consider.

Ecumene - David M. Smith

This book will be widely recognized as a landmark in geographical scholarship.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801872556
  • Publisher: Hopkins Fulfillment Service
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Buttimer is a professor of geography at University College, Dublin. Yi-Fu Tuan is a professor emeritus of geography at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His many books include Escapism, available from Johns Hopkins.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. I Phoenix, Faust, Narcissus
Ch. 1 Meaning, Metaphor, Milieu 11
Ch. 2 The Drama of Western Humanism 39
Pt. II Four World-views in Western Geography
Introduction: The Way of Metaphor 77
Ch. 3 World as Mosaic of Forms 87
Ch. 4 World as Mechanical System 120
Ch. 5 World as Organic Whole 155
Ch. 6 World as Arena of Events 186
Conclusion. Concluding Hopes: Narcissus Awake 211
App Dialogue Project Recordings, 1978-1989 223
Notes 235
References 247
Index 273
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